A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir were dismissed from their jobs on their wedding day because the school management thought their “romance could adversely affect the students”.
Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, inhabitant of Tral town in Pulwama, were teaching in boys and girls wings respectively of Pampore Muslim Educational Institute for the past several years. The couple has alleged that their services were abruptly terminated by the school management the day they got married, on November 30.
While the principal of the school did not respond to calls for a comment on the job termination of duo , chairman of the school Bashir Masoodi said the newlywed couple was relieved from service as they were in a “romantic relationship” even before getting married which can adversely affect the students.
Chairman of the school, Bashir Masoodi said, “They were having romance and it is not good for the 2,000 students of the school and 200 staff members working there. This can adversely affect the students,”
On the other hand, couple claims that they had an arranged marriage. Tariq has raised a question on the school management’s claim of “romantic relationship”, asking why management didn’t give an opportunity to explain if matter was this.
“We both applied for leave to get married almost a month before the wedding day and the school management sanctioned the leave. If we were in a romantic relationship, did they come to know of it only after we announced our wedding plans?” Bhat asked to the school management.
The couple also said, “We have got married which is the right thing to do from which ever perspective one looks at it. We have not sinned or committed a crime,”
“Ours was an arranged marriage. We got engaged a few months ago and the entire school management knew about it as Sumaya hosted a party for the staff members soon after the engagement ceremony,” they added further.
Tariq and Sumaya blame the school management for “tarnishing” their image.